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Encroachments eat into road space in Sec 7

india Updated: Apr 10, 2012 00:52 IST
Divya Sethi

With the authorities turning a deaf ear to their complaints for the past several years, residents of Sector 7 have given up hope of getting rid of squatters who eat into the main road of the area.

The road which connects the colony with the rest of the city has shrunk into a narrow passage, disrupting vehicular movement and causing inconvenience to pedestrians on a regular basis.

According to residents, a fruit market along the main road and parked cars on both sides often cause traffic jams and accidents.

And despite repeated complaints lodged during the past decade, no action has been taken.

Other roads in the sector are also in bad shape due to the lack of maintenance.

The colony with around 2,500 people lacks a proper drainage system.

The residents also complain about law and order problems.

Visitors often park their cars on the road and drink liquor in the open. They pass lewd comments on women and cause nuisance for others.

"We have become habitual of living with these problems. We know that the authorities are not going to change, so, we have stopped hoping," said DS Khokhar, a resident.

Yet, the authority claims to be prompt in addressing all the grievances of residents.

"Roads and drainage problem would be solved in the next couple of days as we are identifying the points where there is a problem. For encroachments, I would forward the complaint to the department concerned," said DR Gupta, executive engineer of Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda).